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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Indigenous eye health focus on World Sight Day

Date posted: 8 October 2013

AFL Indigenous Ambassador and Essendon player, Patrick Ryder, is joining with peak health bodies Vision 2020 Australia and NACCHO in the lead up to World Sight Day (10 October 2013) to urge Australians to look after their sight.

The ruckman's call is particularly important for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have an increased risk of eye disease and vision loss. 'Being an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander man, the higher rates of eye disease in our communities is concerning,' Paddy Ryder said.

'This World Sight Day, I am encouraging Australians from all walks of life to get their eyes tested but particularly Indigenous Australians,' he said.

Source: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)


Last updated: 8 October 2013
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